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Ireland forced into two late call-ups for tour

Ireland's seniors left Dublin for Buenos Aries yesterday without late withdrawals Keith Earls and Martin Moore.

Munster utility back Earls was ruled out by gastroenteritis while Leinster tight-head Moore, a replacement in his province's 34-12 victory over Glasgow Warriors in Saturday night's PRO12 final, fractured a toe in the match.

Leinster's Noel Reid and Connacht's Rodney Ah You are the replacements for the two Test-trip to Argentina. Both are uncapped.

Before the party flew out, it was revealed that highly-rated forwards coach John Plumtree will be stepping down after the tour for unspecified 'family reasons'. He and his family are returning to New Zealand.

Plumtree is much respected by the players who attributed much of the credit for their success in winning the 2014 Six Nations to the popular Kiwi. He only joined the national coaching team in September and worked with the team during the 2013 Guinness Series and the Championship and during his brief spell the pack improved dramatically.

Plumtree, said: "I have really enjoyed working with Joe (Schmidt), Les (Kiss) and the players over the last few months. But at the end of the day family must come first and we must do what we think is best for the Plumtree family.

"I would like to thank the IRFU for their understanding."

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